Psalms 32:7-8 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah. (8) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do you ever feel like you are surrounded by problems? Do you feel pressure from all angles? Sometimes we need to focus outside of our problems to make it through them. If we only see what is directly in front of us and do not consider what we cannot see, it can be quite discouraging. On one side we can trust that YHWH will see us through the current turmoil we are facing, but that does not always bring immediate comfort.
Consider the prophet Elisha in 2 Kings chapter 6. He would appear to be outnumbered by those who would seek to seize him and bring him to the king. The servant of the prophet was troubled, and I would suspect feared for his life. But Elisha prayed “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” And something amazing happened! The servant was now able to see beyond what he could physically perceive, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. I am quite sure that his perspective of the situation had changed.
We should try to see things in life through the eyes of our Creator, and when we do, this will give us a completely new perspective of life and situations around us. One way to change our focus is to read Scripture, another is to pray, and yet another is to sing. All of these will start to change our focus in the “here and now” and hopefully will give us a perspective outside of our understanding. This is why in our Psalm above, verse 8 says He will instruct and teach us. It will not do us much good if we go through life without learning and growing in the ways of life and blessing that our Heavenly Father has given to us as a covenant people. As we continue to learn, our faith will continue to grow.
May we note in our daily life that we are surrounded, shielded, protected, and loved.